Organizational Leadership FAQ's
What types of organizations do students in this program work for?
The MA in Organizational leadership content is designed to build capacity for those serving in nonprofit, ministry and public sector service type organizations (US nonprofits, International NGOs, churches, government agencies, K-12 and higher education institutions). We have over 1100 alumni serving in 80 countries of the world serving with organizations such as World Vision International, Habitat for Humanity International, International Justice Mission, World Relief, Urban Promise, Compassion International, Hope International, numerous organizations in South Africa, churches both in the USA and around the world. Once you join the program, you become part of a very distinguished alumni community that regularly reaches out to each other for networking and other connections.
I noticed that Eastern is a Christian University, do I need to be a Christian to enter the program?
No. But please understand, we take the Christian faith seriously in what we teach, so you will be exposed to Christian authors and the Bible as reading sources, along with the best of research in the fields related to leading an organization (human resources, strategic planning, leadership). The worldview of the professors is that a very different kind of leadership is needed, one rooted in modeling leadership after the principles found in scripture, namely in the person of Jesus Christ.
The program information states that the Spiritual Formation course is not considered an academic exercise, how is it different from other courses in the program?
Your Spiritual Formation course spans two semesters. We believe one of the critical elements in Christian leadership is the spiritual formation of the leader. Therefore, the Spiritual Formation course spreads over two consecutive semesters with the significant portion of the work occurring during semester one residency and online and additional writing and journaling during semester two. A final reflection paper will be part of the student portfolio.
How are professors selected for teaching in this program?
Eastern takes the role of teaching very seriously. And we put many, many expectations on professors and affiliate faculty who come to teach with us. As you review the faculty lists on the web site you’ll see we attract highly accomplished people who have a deep faith and want to bring those two worlds together – faith and praxis. In order to be considered, faculty must submit their credentials for teaching their desired subject matter, must hold at least a masters degree and preferably have practitioner experience in their subject matter. They must submit multiple essays about their Christian faith journey AND how they integrate their Christian faith into their academic discipline as the curriculum requires. In addition to all this we expect them to be both a good classroom facilitator and engaging online facilitator.
Are there elective options in the curriculum to allow me some choice?
Yes, 6 credits (2 courses) can be selected from one of four “concentration tracks”. See the web site for the concentration tracks being offered at the present time.
Can I transfer in credits from other graduate programs I started?
Yes, if you attempted graduate credits elsewhere but did not complete the degree, some of those credits may be transferred in and applied towards your degree. Up to 6 graduate credits, with an earned grade of B or better, from an accredited university can be transferred. The documentation needed would be: Official transcript from that university, course catalogue description and/or course syllabus from the course. Final determination as to whether a course adequately meets the program's learning objectives is made by the Program Director.
How long does the program take to complete?
How many credits do I take each term to complete the program in 20 months?
You will complete 6 credits per semester for 6 semesters to complete the program.
Does the program require classroom attendance?
Yes, your courses are delivered in two-day residency formats (2 classes each residency) followed by 12-14 weeks online with each of those courses. Residencies are held September, January and May each year. You must participate in the full residency portion of each course in order to successfully complete the course.
How is the program orientation handled?
You will experience orientation in two ways. The first is an on-line orientation that occurs the week before your residency – it's brief but gets you ready to use the online learning platform (Brightspace) and Eastern’s online library as well as other tools you’ll need to work through the program. The second component is an evening dinner with the director the evening before your first residency weekend (so a Tuesday night dinner with the director and the other students entering the program the same time you are).
What is the Academic Portfolio required at graduation?
As part of the program, you will continue to compile an academic portfolio submitted prior to graduation. This includes a number of self-reflective instruments, entry essays, sample papers from various classes, a final comprehensive exam and evidence of two public presentations during the program.